Refurbishment Of Fremantle Passenger Terminal Now Completed

Refurbishment Of Fremantle Passenger Terminal Now Completed

Western Australia Minister for Ports Alannah MacTiernan

Western Australia Minister for Tourism Paul Papalia

Refreshed Fremantle Passenger Terminal Boosts Tourist Experience

Victor P Taffa

  • $3.25 Million makeover of Fremantle Passenger Terminal complete
  • Upgrades to Australia’s largest cruise terminal to improve the experience for cruise ship passengers

A $3.25 Million refurbishment of Fremantle Passenger Terminal is now complete, as part of the McGowan Government’s commitment to boosting cruise ship tourism in Western Australia.

“This $3.25 Million makeover is a major improvement to the visual experience and comfort for cruise passengers at the Fremantle Passenger Terminal.” Minister for Ports Alannah MacTiernan said.

“Terminal upgrade is one of a suite of McGowan Government initiatives aimed at attracting more cruises to Western Australia, which means more jobs for Western Australians.”

Inside Australia’s largest cruise terminal, which is expected to service about 60,000 cruise passengers in the 2018-19 financial year, the refurbishments include the ground floor foyer, new decorative glass panelling dividing the escalators and within the Customs Hall, and modern furniture for the transit area in the first-floor function hall.

A new steel and glass central canopy, repainted façade, updated signage and new banners greet passengers entering the iconic building.

“Cruise sector is an increasingly important sector of Western Australia’s tourism industry, servicing international and domestic markets, creating opportunities to showcase our State and stimulating our economy.” Minister for Tourism Paul Papalia said.

“For example, the cruise ship in Fremantle today, Seven Seas Mariner, is a 6-star ship bringing 560 tourists to 4 Western Australian ports during a circumnavigation of Australia.”

WA Minister for Tourism Paul Papalia









Fremantle Ports engaged Cox Architecture to design the works and consult on heritage conservation requirements. The work has State Heritage Office approval.

Large and spacious terminal building has been a significant landmark on Victoria Quay since its first stage opened in 1960.

“Fremantle Passenger Terminal is the step-off point for visitors to our community and is a significant landmark in Freo.” Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk said.

Although designed for an earlier era, the terminal has the berthing capacity to handle very large cruise ships and space for servicing large numbers of embarking and disembarking passengers.